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Hi members, thought you may find this new discussion interesting and wanted to bring it to your attention; feel free to share and comment.
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@endome absolutely.... I think it is hard for men to understand at all how a period can affect our emotions, physical well being, energy, etc. So, endometriosis just magnifies this inability to understand because the normal period is now much worse. Also, during sex and after is basically always for me, so my desire to have intercourse is not really there.
The severe abdominal pain and severe cramping can cause me to completely shun away from a partner... I wil not feel like doing anything, be stressed out, tired.... not to mention that sex is painful.
@endome @cristalis I had a hard time coming to terms with the idea that this crucial part of my femininity is flawed and is putting my health at risk. And the idea that sex, an important part of a relationship, was basically impossible because of the pain too was hard to process. I won't even get into the fact that I may be infertile and not be able to have a family of my own one day. My ex had a hard time with that too, so I think my endo was one of the reasons behind our breakup, which sucks to think about.
@Jujubeans Hi, sorry I haven't been on here in a while, clearly. Sorry I missed your comment. I completely understand what you mean. I'm sorry your relationship broke down because of it. I hope you're doing better now. You're not alone and just because you have endometriosis doesn't mean that you can't have or don't deserve a relationship or love. I hope you will find or have already found someone who understands and is there for you without question. There are others ways to be intimate with someone and other ways to be a family without biological birth.
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Who here has endometriosis and has struggled with finding a partner who understands and also struggled with being comfortable with one's self to disclose the condition and not feel ashamed?
I would love to begin this discussion here with you. I am lucky to finally found someone who accepts me and loves me despite my diagnosis... which is difficult for anyone, but I think this is also came about because I finally became comfortable with my self and my condition... no longer ashamed or embarrassed.
Hope to hear from you soon. Let;s talk and help each other.